Picnic on the Bridge – Manderley supports Canada’s 150th year celebrations!
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin of Gatineau enjoyed a picnic on the Alexandra Bridge today to announce a new joint initiative for Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations. On July 2, 2017, the iconic steel truss structure that spans the Ottawa River between Ontario and Quebec will be transformed into a grassy haven for a Canadian first – the Interprovincial Picnic on the Bridge.
For the Interprovincial Picnic on the Bridge, the Alexandra Bridge will undergo an overnight transformation into a park, complete with lush green lawns and family friendly activities. Families and small groups will be assigned picnic spaces.
Sod for this project is graciously donated by Manderley Turf Products Inc, a Canadian leader in lawn and garden products. “When we approached the Ottawa 2017 Bureau with an offer of support, we never imagined that we would get to deliver such an innovative and inspiring tribute to Canada’s 150th birthday. We are very proud to be a part of it,” said Greg Skotnicki, President of Manderley Turf Products Inc. Following the event in 2017, the sod will be donated to local community organizations.
“Ottawa 2017 is excited to add this exceptional event, inspired by a similar successful program that first took place in Sydney, Australia in 2009, to our list of Signature Events,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau. “We will be announcing many more events of this caliber in the weeks and months to come, as we gear up for this once-in-a-lifetime, yearlong celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, right here in the Capital.”